- EXOTIC SHORTHAIR
The Exotic Shorthair cats have a pushed-in face and huge eyes. As such, they don’t have the most intelligent expressions in the cat’s world.
When you combine it with their laziness and lack of curiosity, you understand why people consider them one of the d̶u̶m̶b̶est cat breeds. Since the Exotic Shorthairs are related to Persians, it’s not a surprise that they’re a lazy bunch. However, they enjoy interactive toys, food puzzles, and fishing poles as much as the next cat. So, they’re slightly more active than their Persian cousin.
Moreover, Exotic Shorthairs are calm, easygoing, and loving. They’re content to follow you around the house and rarely would demand attention. And they’re easier to groom than Persians and are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a companion cat.
- AMERICAN SHORTHAIR
The American Shorthair is one of the breeds you’ve likely encountered multiple times. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, but the silver tabby is probably the most popular one. The history of this breed is quite remarkable since they accompanied the colonists sailing to North America. They were renowned for their amazing hunting abilities and persistence.
So, why people think that the American Shorthair is a sᴛᴜᴘɪᴅ cat? Well, these cats are easygoing, patient, and adaptable. Nothing seems to break their cool, so people often assume they don’t know what’s going on around them. In addition to this, American Shorthairs often have selective hearing and ignore commands and orders they don’t like. But that’s a typical cat problem. On the plus side, these cats are one of the longest living breeds with a lifespan of 15-20 years.
Snowshoes have the distinctive markings of the Siamese and the tendency to vocalize their request in a melodic voice. They pick a favorite person and stick to their side as much as possible. However, Snowshoes aren’t as mischievous or adventurous as the Siamese. They need attention and can get mean if you leave them alone for long. So, if you work the whole day, you’d want them to have a company, or you won’t like what you find when you come home.
But why is this beautiful cat considered one of the d̶u̶m̶b̶est cat breeds?
While the Snowshoes are capable of learning tricks and can even walk on a leash, owners often call them “stubborn.” A Snowshoe won’t lift their paws if you don’t convince them it’s in their interest to do so. Truth is they’re very intelligent, which isn’t a surprise. After all, the Siamese is one of the most intelligent cat breeds on the planet.
Do you want an affectionate cat that won’t hog all the attention? Then you’ll get on well with a Birman. These cats are friendly, relaxed, docile, and one of the best cat breeds to own. While Birmans look like Siamese, they don’t share their tendency to “talk” all day long. Birmans follow you around the house but are happy to be mere observers of what you’re doing. They won’t drive you crazy with their musical meow or demand attention when you’re busy.
Maybe one of the reasons people think Birman cats d̶u̶m̶b̶ is their tendency to get stuck in unimaginable places. You’d want to keep tabs on where your Birman is all the time, or you’d end up with a missing cat.
Do you know that the fluffy Himalayan is a mix between Persian and Siamese? You’d be hard to find two cats breeds so different from one another. Siamese cats are often regarded as one of the most mischievous felines because of their uncanny ability to learn new tricks. Persians, on the other hand, can learn tricks, but they’re too lazy and uninterested in doing it. As a whole, Himalayans take after their Persian parents and are docile, calm, and affectionate. They love to be admired, but they will never demand it. In fact, they’re so quiet that you might forget that you have a cat around the house.
Often people assume that Himalayans are d̶u̶m̶b̶ because they don’t do well with change. They aren’t fans of loud noises or large gatherings. Himalayans bond closely with those who earn their trust and stay away from the others.
Since Persians are one of the most popular cat breeds, it’s hard to imagine that people think this majestic long-haired cat d̶u̶m̶b̶. What gives this impression is the Persian’s laid-back temperament, passiveness, and laziness. Persians are happy to observe what’s going on in the household from afar and rarely rake part in your activities. Nothing seems to excite this fluffy kitty, and they prefer napping on the sofa to an adventure. Some owners go as far as calling the Persian a fluffy piece of furniture. That’s how lazy these cats can be.
On the plus side, Persians are affectionate, sweet, and docile. They won’t make a mess in the house because they would hardly move from their sleeping spot. But you’ll have to encourage this gorgeous cat to be more active to keep them fit.